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The Dracula Coin

I used to make fun of those “collector’s coin” commercials that aired on late-night television, offering you the chance to “own a piece of history!” for just $19.99, but the offer is “limited to five units per customer and will not be repeated!” and “once they’re gone, they’re gone!” trying to sucker people into paying…

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Another Vampire Burial

This one is in Italy. It is the grave of a ten-year-old boy, according to this linked article. I have to wonder how, exactly, they were able to determine that he was ten when he died? Might this be an approximation, based on the size of the skeleton, a guess made by experts? I expect…

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The Dead Children’s Playground

It’s just a playground. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way. It just happens to butt up against a cemetery. (The historic, gorgeous Maple Hill cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.) That’s why the legend developed that it is haunted, that it is actually a part of the cemetery (it isn’t), that a serial…

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Slains Again

I saw a photograph someone had shared on social media of Slains Castle in Scotland at sunset. It’s a gorgeous picture, but I won’t share it here as I don’t have the photographer’s permission to do so. There are plenty to be found, however. Just do a google image search. You’ll find some gorgeous shots….

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Revisiting the Classics: HOCUS POCUS

I’d never actually seen this one before. It came out at a time when I was brand new to adulthood (in the physical sense, at any rate) and I perceived it as a “kid’s movie” and as I was trying hard to distance myself from all things childhood, putting away all my action figures, buying…

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Cool Commercials

I know it’s hard to believe that there could be commercials that AREN’T obnoxious and DON’T annoy me, or you, or anybody else who doesn’t work for an advertising agency, but such things actually do exist. Around this glorious time of year—I speak, of course, of Halloween season—we tend to get the bulk of them….

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Is Frankenstein a Zombie?

Watching the debut episode of the new AMC series ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR, dedicated to zombies, the argument was made that Frankenstein, the Monster as opposed to the scientist who created it, is a zombie. —in my original work FRANKENSTEIN: THE UNTOLD STORY I explain why it is accurate to refer not just to…

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Vampires and EMFs

One of the many hats I wear in addition to chronicler of the weird on the trusty old interwebs is that of organizer of haunted attractions. This year, after a two-year hiatus, I returned to overseeing the annual “Family Fright Nights” event at the Historic Lowry House in Huntsville, Alabama, with a much-needed assist from…

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A Celebration of the Zombie

As I mentioned this week over at our sister site werewolves.com, I’ve been catching up on some of my viewing the past couple of days while I have a few free seconds. (I run a haunted attraction this time of year, and I just finished a show, and we’ve started rehearsal for another one, and…

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Thoughts on the new PENNY DREADFUL series

Given that I made headlines, no exaggeration, by giving John Logan hell after he prematurely pulled the plug on the beloved TV series a couple’s three year back, and then lied about his decision to do so, and got caught in his lie, I reckon I should probably offer my thoughts on the news that…

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COS vs. AHS

So the Church of Satan is pissed off at AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE. I saw that in a headline the other day, but I didn’t click on the article. I had not, at that time, watched the latest episode of AHS:A and I feared spoilers. Now that I’ve seen it, I get why the Satanists…

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The Beautiful Belles

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to drive out to the lovely city of Florence, Alabama, to attend a performance of THE BELLES OF WHITECHAPEL: THE VICTIMS OF JACK THE RIPPER SPEAK at the historic Zodiac Playhouse, affectionately known as “the Z.” The staff at the theatre had asked me to do a question-and-answer…

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